Iran renews call for inclusive gov’t in Afghanistan

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran does not recognize the ruling faction in Kabul, calling for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
Amir-Abdollahian underlined that the Taliban, which seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, are just part of the reality.
“We insist on the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan because the Taliban are just part of the reality in Afghanistan,” he told Iranian diplomats at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini on Thursday during an event renewing allegiance to the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
He also touched upon women’s situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover, expressing Iran’s displeasure over the Taliban’s move to deprive Afghan women and girls from pursuing an education.
The Iranian top diplomat further pointed to Iran’s water rights from Afghanistan’s part of the Hirmand (Helmand) River according to the 1973 bilateral accord between the neighboring countries, and underlined the need to abide by the legal path of the agreement.
Amir-Abdollahian further expressed concern over sporadic border clashes in the past months along Afghanistan’s long border with Iran.

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